Blantyre, February 22: Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president, Walter Nyamilandu has advised former football players against rushing into coaching.
Nyamilandu, made the remarks on Saturday at Mpira Village when he presented CAF A Coaching licenses. He said players should go through coaching schools to prepare for the big role ahead.
He said just like any other field, people needed to be trained before they are handed any responsibilities especially coaches as they deal with a huge human resource group.
Nyamilandu said training needs to be emphasized to follow modern trends unlike in the olden days when a player, who played football for a long time and was popular, was rushed to becoming a coach.
“In the olden days, because one had played football for 10 years and was popular, he would go to coach a team but I don’t think that is the right preparation for the job. We need to train our coaches first.
“For instance, you need training to work in a bank. To be an accountant or a lawyer, one needs to go to school and be trained. It’s the same with coaches, one needs to know the levels of interaction with the many people they handle,” he emphasized.
Nyamilandu, a former Flames defender, said coaches have a huge human resource group working under them, they deal with different people. Coaches needed to know how to handle the players and also the various challenges that come with the job.
Nyamilandu expressed his joy that football in Malawi is taking the right route noting that it is good that FAM has already shown willingness to train all stakeholders.
“I would continue lobbying CAF for more training courses to ensure everyone is equipped with new knowledge,” said the FAM President.
Civo United Coach, Pofera Jegwe, who was among the graduating coaches praised FAM for embarking on training coaches.
The former Dedza Young Soccer coach said the action by FAM to organize the highest level of coaching course is an indication that the association wants to see football develop in the country.
He said the training of local coaches is important because they are the ones that train players at the grassroots level before they could be picked for national duties.
The CAF A Licensing is the highest level of coaching qualifications one can get under CAF.